How Much Does a Pool Liner Cost?
Updated: August 21, 2023
Cost is obviously a big factor for pool ownership. There’s lots to consider when discussing the cost of an above ground pool liner. There’s no straight answer, but we’ll do our best. Let’s dive in.
Average Cost of a Pool Liner
The average cost of a new vinyl pool liner is $150 to $900. That said, the cost of a liner can vary widely based on several factors, including the size and shape of your pool, the time of year, your location, patterns and designs, and additional features or accessories.
It’s important to note that the cost of the liner itself is just one part of the total cost. If you’re in the market for a new liner, let’s take a look at what the total cost and investment might look like.
Factors Influencing Pool Liner Costs
Obviously, the new pool liner is a big part of the investment. Here are a few of the key factors that can cause the liner to be more or less expensive.
Pool Size and Shape
Expect to pay more for a bigger liner. A general rule of thumb is that the larger your pool, the more the liner will cost.
At LinerWorld, we offer 23 total vinyl liner size options for you to choose from. They are available in round, oval, and rectangular pool shape options with different sizes for each.
- Our round pool liners are available in 12’, 15’, 16’, 18’, 21’, 24’, 27’, 28’, 30’, and 33’.
- Our oval pool liners are available in 12’x18’, 12’x24’, 15’x24’, 15’x25’, 15’x30’, 16’x24’, 16’x32’, 18’x33’, and 21’x41’.
- Our rectangular pool liners come in 12’x20’, 12’x24’, 16’x24’, and 16’x32’ options.
Pools with a unique shape or uncommon size may require custom pool liners, which can be significantly more expensive than standard sizes.
Vinyl is a popular choice for swimming pool liners due to its durability and affordability. However, thicker and premium vinyl liners tend to come at a higher cost.
At Linerworld, we offer 25-gauge liners. This is an average, ideal gauge for standard residential use and a good balance of durability and cost.
If you opt to hire a pool specialist to install your new liner, you’ll have to account those labor costs into your overall investment. Expertise ensures a proper fit and reduces the risk of future issues. The cost of hiring a professional varies based on location and the complexity of the job, so we recommend reading reviews and getting some quotes.
If you opt to install the pool liner yourself, be sure to follow our complete installation guide to minimize damaging the liner and ongoing issues. While installing yourself may save you money upfront, we’ve found that most damage and liner issues happen during the installation process. If you’re not 100% confident with the installation process, definitely hire a local expert. Otherwise, it may end up costing you more in the long-run.
Generally, a liner isn’t the only thing you’ll need as part of the installation process. Other materials and pool accessories can contribute to your overall costs. Common pool accessories you may need to purchase for a successful installation include:
- Liner pads to protect the bottom of the liner and provide a flat surface
- Coping (for overlap liners) or bead receivers (for beaded liners) to hold the liner in place
- Ladder pads to protect the liner from the ladder or stairs
- Pool floats and toys to make pool time more fun
- Pool covers to protect your pool when not in use
- Chemicals and pool test kits to balance the pool and make it safe for swimming
Of course, prices for all these vary and it’s dependent on what you need and what you already have. But be sure you’re budgeting for any pool must-haves now and throughout the pool season.
This seems obvious, but it’s not always something pool owners remember or anticipate. Filling the pool with water — and keeping it filled all summer long — can do a number on your water bill. Be prepared to see spikes in your utility costs and budget accordingly as you plan out ongoing monthly expenses.
You Can’t Put a Price On Fun
While it’s essential to have a budget in mind when choosing a pool liner, prioritize quality and proper installation to ensure your investment lasts for years to come.
LinerWorld offers a wide range of pool liner prices to meet every budget. We believe that you should be able to get a liner that you love without having to break the bank. You can’t find our vinyl pool liner patterns and colors anywhere else!